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Published On: Mon, Jun 18th, 2018

Bowen’s Botches and Bodyslams: WWE Money In The Bank June 17 2018

Money in the Bank June 17 2018

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Kickoff Show

Crackdown Live Tag Team Championship Match
Bludgeon Brothers (c) vs. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson

Luke Harper pins Luke Gallows after a big double team Power Bomb

Bodyslam – Another win for the Bludgeon Brothers. This didn’t make Gallows and Anderson look very good, but it doesn’t seem as though any tag teams but the Bludgeons matter on Smackdown Live anyway. No teams have been made to look as though they can compete at all against them, and unless Sanity debuts soon, there may be no competitors in the near future. The pre-show was the right place for this match. This would be rated a Botch if it took a spot on the PPV.

Main card
Big Cass vs. Daniel Bryan

Daniel Bryan makes Big Cass tap out to the Heel Hook

Bodyslam – This was a much better match than their last outing. The crowd was loudly in favor of Bryan and against Cass. This was a good match the start the PPV and got the crowd intensely involved.

New Day Backstage

Kevin Owens comes in bearing gifts of panvakes and maple syrup to try to get the two members who are not in the match to take out Braun Strowman.

Bodyslam – Hilariously entertaining segment.

Sami Zayn vs. Bobby Lashley

Bobby Lashley pins Sami Zayn after a third Delayed Vertical Suplex

Botch – This match did not give fair value in return for the torturous segments we were forced to watch to set it up. Sami was overselling, which is nothing new, and Bobby Lashley is still bland. Lashley could have been exciting in the 80’s or 90’s. Now he just seems behind the times.

Elias In Ring

Intercontinental Championship Match
Seth Rollins (c) vs. Elias

Seth Rollins rolls up Elias for the pin holding the tights

Bodyslam – Rollins telegraphed selling his knee injury, but otherwise a fantastic match. This feud should continue so we can see more of these two together. They had pretty good chemistry and could potentially become the rivalry of the year.

Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match
Sasha Banks vs. Becky Lynch vs. Ember Moon vs. Lana vs. Natalya vs. Naomi vs. Alexa Bliss vs. Charlotte Flair

Alexa Bliss retrieves the Money in the Bank briefcase

Bodyslam – All of the ladies were at their best, although not everyone had a chance to really shine. Lana definitely put on her best in-ring performance thus far, and a potential feud between Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch was teased. That could have just been tension used for this match alone, but it could also be used to put. The two against each other. With the MitB briefcase going to RAW, that may be the only direction for the two ladies.

Kurt Angle and Paige Backstage

Kurt Angle and Paige
Baron Corbin interrupt

Jinder Mahal with Sunil Singh vs. Roman Reigns

Roman Reigns delivers a Spear and pin to Jinder Mahal to win.

Botch – An expectedly unexciting match. When Sunil Singh’s interference is what is needed to make a match interesting, there’s a problem in the ring. In this case it is two wrestlers with limited repertoires who put on predictable matches.

Smackdown Women’s Championship Match
Carmella (c) vs. Asuka

Carmella kicks and pins As uka with help from the distraction of a returning James Ellsworth dressed as Asuka.

Bodyslam – Carmella put on her best in ring performance since coming to the main roster. Asuka looked great as always, and the return of James Ellsworth sent the crowd into a frenzy. This was a far better match than anyone expected.

WWE Championship Last Man Standing Match
AJ Styles (c) vs. Shisuke Nakamura

AJ Styles wins after landing a Phenomenal Forearm from the top rope onto Shinsuke Nakamura and through the announce table.

Bodyslam – This was the best match yet between these two men in what has been an epic rivalry. Both men pulled out all of their best moves and took them to another level. This will likely be in the discussion when the time comes to decide match of the year.
RAW Women’s Championship Match
Nia Jax (c) vs. Ronda Rousey

Kia Jax wins by Disqualification when Alexa Bliss attacks Ronda Rousey then Nia Jax with the MitB briefcase. Bliss then cashes in her MitB contract and challenges Nia Jax for the RAW Women’s Championship.

Nia Jax (c) vs Alexa Bliss

Alexa Bliss hits Nia Jax with Twisted Bliss and scores the pinball victory

Bodyslam –

Men’s Money In The Bank Ladder Match
Samoa Joe vs. Finn Balor vs. Rusev vs. Bobby Roode vs. Kevin Owens vs. The Miz vs. Braun Strowman vs. Kofi Kingston

Braun Strowman retrieves the Money in the Bank briefcase.

Bodyslam – Incredible match full of some of the

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